WELL, wasn’t the X-Factor just tremendous? Isn’t it great to see that song “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke selling copies faster than they can press them?
Well, no, actually.
I’m sure it is utterly fantastic for Simon Cowell; he stands to make a stash of cash, that’s for sure. But to hear the Leonard Cohen classic – and I use “classic” in the real sense of the word – mangled into a hysterical, warbling, chirruping Mariah Beyonce Carey mishmash is painful beyond words.
What we are witnessing, ladies and gentlemen, is not a rising star who can make more pitch changes per minute than a car alarm, but rather the death throes of exciting, innovative live music.
Do you really think that gigantic talents like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, The Who, Pink Floyd – indeed, even The Beatles or The Rolling Stones – would ever pass an X-Factor audition?
Which is why Simon Cowell’s catchphrase of “You took that song and made it your own.” is just another way of saying the song is pilfered. So, what we have is a bunch of hand-me-down, stolen songs turned into a money-making machine, with the young, gullible fans paying a fortune on their mobile phone bills to make it happen.
And that is a sad thing indeed.
I have seen many young bands (real bands, that is) right here in Scotland who have a massive talent for song writing and musicianship, allied with a steely determination that would put the SAS to shame. However, they will no doubt end up having careers in call centres and fast food joints. Despite a huge talent and spending endless hours honing their craft and practising their scales it will all be to no avail. Why? Because they don’t fit into the X-factor mould.
So, on behalf of all real musicians everywhere, it’s three big “Xs” and a two-finger “V” to the X-Factor.